Geoffrey Long
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Promises, promises.

Interesting piece in The Washington Post on what the Dems are planning:

Early Democratic priorities will include raising the minimum wage, boosting homeland security spending, shifting the nation's energy policy away from oil and gas exploration toward alternative fuel sources, and reversing cuts to education spending.

Meanwhile in the committee chambers, aggressive new chairmen, such as Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) and Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), promise a series of investigations and hearings into matters that have largely gone unexplored under GOP control, such as allegations of waste in Iraq and mismanagement of the war.

That alone could dramatically change the political atmosphere during Bush's final two years in office.

While "increasing homeland security spending" doesn't sound very Democratic, the rest of the list had me grinning from ear to ear, especially the bits about alternative energy sources and increased education spending – and the thought of finally hoisting Halliburton on its own petard. C'mon, Pelosi – light the way!


Boosting homeland security spending doesn't have to mean more ICE agents - it might mean restoring funding to fire and police stations that have been closed due to local budget cuts. So I'm optimistic on that point, too.

Yeah, I started to reply and then I saw Erica's comment and am reduced to IAWTP. Heh. It would be nice to actually have 'homeland security' mean something other than 'we can spy on you if we wanna, nya'.

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